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Kellerhals Carrard

PLACE SAINT-FRANÇOIS 1, PO BOX 7191, 1002 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 200 33 00
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Fax +41 58 200 33 11
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www.kellerhals-carrard.ch
Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano, Sion, Zurich

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard fields 'a business-driven, responsive, accurate and client-oriented' team, which handles asset management, regulatory issues, leasing transactions and fintech projects. Notable clients include UBS, Man Group and Deutsche Bank. Dominik Oberholzer is 'a go-to lawyer for questions on Swiss regulations, funds and asset management'. Armin Kuehne and Cornelia Stengel are also key practitioners. Blockchain expert Lars Schlichting, who is based in Lugano,  joined with three attorneys from KPMG Switzerland.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Transactions, exchange-traded products, IPOs, asset management, derivatives and disclosure matters make up the bulk of work at Kellerhals Carrard. Dominik Oberholzer advised Man Group on the foundation of an international CLO investment vehicle, and also assisted UBS with the regulatory registration and listing of financial products on SIX Swiss Exchange. Beat Brechbühl acted for Aventron on a cross-border share capital increase.

Leading individuals

Beat BrechbĂĽhl - Kellerhals Carrard

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

The practice at 'business-oriented, efficient and pragmatic firm' Kellerhals Carrard 'cares about client objectives and offers great service and know-how in all areas'. It is especially known for mid-cap M&A transactions, corporate governance and fintech matters. 'Highly intelligent and entrepreneurial' managing partner Beat Brechbühl advised the families Inäbit and Haag on the sale of its 70 per cent stake in Haag Streit Group to Metall Zug, while Edgar Philippin acted for Accor on its acquisition of Mövenpick's hotel business. Clients also recommend 'practical and precise thinker' Ines Pöschel.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

The competition practice at Kellerhals Carrard is recommended for serving as 'a very efficient one-stop shop for antitrust, abuse of dominance and merger control cases'. Other areas of expertise include compliance audits and training, as well as representation in price supervision proceedings. Many clients stem from the healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, construction and telecoms industries. Daniel Emch, who is 'a brilliant and experienced competition lawyer with outstanding economic expertise', assists with the Swiss merger control notification of the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Carl Zeiss. The team is also representing Erne Holding AG, Galenica, HCI Solutions and Groupe Editis in separate appeal proceedings against ComCo decisions.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Emch - Kellerhals Carrard

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard employs 'arbitration specialists' in Zurich and Bern, who mainly cover commercial and sports arbitration. A recent highlight for Bernhard Berger and Martin Molina was the representation of the claimant, the Republic of Croatia, in $5bn setting-aside proceedings against a final award granted to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. François Kaiser, Henry Peter and senior associate Olivier Mosimann are also key practitioners.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard

'Well known and experienced commercial litigation firm' Kellerhals Carrard displays 'a clear, partner-managed and aggressive approach in court'. The sizeable team is active in litigation related to corporate and commercial matters, insolvency proceedings and post-M&A disputes throughout Switzerland. Co-lead Andreas Guengerich is acting for a Swiss architects firm in its additional compensation claim against a city due to modifications applied during the construction of a new theatre, while his 'pleasant, professional and competent' counterpart Lukas Bopp supported the insolvent Banque Privée Espirito Santo in a voidance action concerning a payment made during liquidity. Clients also recommend the 'very experienced and commercially knowledgeable' Peter Schatz. Lugano-based Ivan Paparelli and François Roger Micheli, who joined the new Geneva office from Python in January 2019, are other names to note. Life sciences, internal compliance and corruption specialist Claudia Götz was a new arrival from Novartis in October 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Present in all parts of Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard acts for a number of long-term clients, frequently advising on contractual matters and negotiations, as well as dispute resolution. In a major highlight, the team advised numerous clients on the drafting of employment agreements and incentive plans in connection with the implementation of say-on-pay rules. Daniel Alder heads the team.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

A popular choice for industry-related litigation, regulatory and financing advice, Kellerhals Carrard is recommended for its 'high levels of responsiveness and knowledge'. In a recent highlight, Thomas Eichenberger is representing Roche Pharma in an administrative appeal proceeding against regulatory authority Swissmedic concerning its decision to prohibit certain phrases included in the summary of product characteristics for Herceptin.

Leading individuals

Thomas Eichenberger - Kellerhals Carrard

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard focuses on company restructurings and liquidation proceedings. Lukas Bopp represents Banque Privée Espírito Santo in a voidance action related to a payment dating back before its insolvency, while Daniel Staehelin and Jean-Luc Chenaux are handling the client's ongoing liquidation.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

The 'vastly knowledgeable and solution-driven' insurance team at Kellerhals Carrard is known for its 'reliable, efficient, professional and personable collaboration' with clients and 'a good connection to commercial ancillary practices'. It handles a range of work, including the resolution of disputes, liability and coverage issues and the design of insurance products, as well as regulatory advice and negotiations with FINMA. Basel-based Pascal Grolimund, who 'has a very clear judgement of situations', defended a large insurance company against a multimillion-dollar coverage claim brought by a policy holder, including bringing a counter-claim concerning alleged insurance fraud related to a disability pension. Practice head Christoph Frey produces 'outstanding work' and 'never fails to keep the client informed with to-the-point memos'.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard advises on the strategy, implementation, commercialisation and protection of patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs and other types of intellectual property. Zurich-based Daniel Alder  and commercial specialist Stefano Perucchi in Lugano are the key contacts.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard opened its Geneva office in January 2019 following its merger with De Pfyffer & Partners. The Lausanne office is recognised for its strengths in corporate, dispute resolution, insolvency, sports and TMT matters. François Carrard, Edgar Philippin, Jean-Luc Chenaux and Ross Wenzel are the main practitioners.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

With significant sector-based expertise, Kellerhals Carrard is renowned for its experience in sports matters and public law, as well as capital markets, corporate and M&A and insolvency law. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl, Thomas Eichenberger, Daniel Emch and Christoph Jäger are key names.

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Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard

The Lugano office of multi-regional firm Kellerhals Carrard covers dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, IP and tax law. Arbitrator and corporate partner Henry Peter, banking litigator Ivan Paparelli, private client and tax specialist Giovanni Stucchi and M&A partner Massimiliano Maestretti are the names to note. The former head of KPMG's legal department in Lugano, Lars Schlichting, joined in June 2018, bringing experience in blockchain and ICO matters.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard has 'outstanding expertise in procurement law, providing profound advice on the client's position and perspective'. Other focus areas include regulatory matters relating to energy, transport and postal services, as well as immigration and administrative criminal law. 'Outstanding and experienced public-law litigator' Christoph Jäger assists Swiss Post with internal investigations concerning its subsidiary PostBus Switzerland's compliance with subsidy law. In other work, it is representing Tamedia in its complaint against railway company Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)'s granting of a public tender bid for advertising to APG Allgemeine Plakatgesellschaft.

Next generation lawyers

Christoph Jäger - Kellerhals Carrard

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard

The 'extensively knowledgeable, experienced and very responsive' sports law team at Kellerhals Carrard 'demonstrates a comprehensive approach' and provides 'flexible solutions and clear explanations of possible consequences'. Its range of services includes anti-doping proceedings, football disputes and governance issues, as well as commercial, media-related and regulatory advice. The 'pragmatic' Jean-Pierre Morand leads the representation of the International Olympic Committee against the appeals brought by more than 40 Russian athletes concerning violations of anti-doping rules, while 'globally leading doping arbitration expert' Ross Wenzel defended the International Association of Athletics Federation against an appeal brought by an athlete who had participated in the 2011 World Athletics Championships. 'Deeply knowledgeable, fully dedicated, organised and coherent' attorney and barrister David Casserly, who joined the firm in 2017, 'stands out as an advocate in oral hearings'. François Carrard, who has an 'analytical' approach, is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Ross Wenzel - Kellerhals Carrard

Next generation lawyers

David Casserly - Kellerhals Carrard

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

The TMT team at Kellerhals Carrard focuses on litigation, outsourcing projects, IT licensing, fintech and e-commerce matters. Lausanne-based Edgar Philippin assists the Basketball Champions League with the commercialisation of its media rights and outsourcing of media contents production. Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann are other key names.

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Legal Developments by:
Kellerhals Carrard

  • Minder-Initiative – need for action?

    On March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted in a nationwide ballot in favor of the so called “rip-off” initiative by the businessman-turned-politician Thomas Minder...
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  • Ordinance on Integrity and Transparency in the Therapeutic Products Sector has been adopted

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  • Bär & Karrer Advises B3i in its Current Equity Funding Round

    Industry-led InsurTech B3i Services AG successfully raised additional funds from current shareholders and new investors to further develop and grow its blockchain-based insurance transaction platform. B3i was founded in October 2016 as an insurance industry consortium which then formed B3i Services AG as an independent company. The shareholder group includes some of the world's largest insurers and reinsurers from across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. B3i intends to further expand its shareholder base over the next several months.
  • Bär & Karrer Continues to Grow Finance and Sports Practice with Two New Partners

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that it further strengthens its Financing and Sports practices with new partners Lukas Roesler and Dr. Jan Kleiner, both of whom have worked with the firm previously.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis and Alcon on the Spin-off of Alcon

    Today, Novartis AG completed the spin-off of the Alcon eye care devices business, and Alcon Inc. debuted as independent publicly traded company. The Alcon shares were successfully listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), which comprises the 20 largest Swiss listed stocks.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Primeo Energie and CSA Energie-Infrastructure Schweiz in Aquisition from ElĂ©t

    Primeo Energie, EOS Holding SA (EOS) and Électricité de France (EDF) have entered into a share purchase agreement relating to the purchase by Primeo Energie and EOS of the 25% interest held by EDF in Alpiq Holding SA. The purchase by Primeo Eergie and EOS will be financed through mandatory exchangeable loan agreements made by CSA Energie-Infrastruktur Schweiz (CSA) as lender, the biggest investment pool for Swiss energy infrastructure with 135 Swiss pension funds acting as investors. At maturity the mandatory exchangeable loan agreements will be converted into shares in Alpiq. Primeo Energie and EOS thereby pave the way for a Swiss shareholder structure of Alpiq.
  • Bär & Karrer Awarded Most Innovative Swiss Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards

    Bär & Karrer was awarded „Most innovative law firm of the year - Switzerland", the national award for Switzerland given in the IFLR European Awards. The most innovative law firm of the year award recognizes Bär & Karrer as the Swiss law firm with the best track record in 2018 giving advice on the most innovative cross-border deals covering all award practice areas. It is already the third prize of this kind in period of six years awarded to Bär & Karrer.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises DSV on Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina

    On 1 April 2019, DSV A/S, Hedehusene, Denmark and Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Zurich, Switzerland, have entered into an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a public exchange offer by DSV for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina for approximately CHF 4.6 billion. The board of directors of Panalpina has resolved to support the public exchange offer by DSV and to recommend the acceptance of DSV's public exchange offer to its shareholders.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Joint Venture with Chr. Hansen for Deve

    On 2 April 2019, Lonza, a leading pharma contract manufacturing company, and Chr. Hansen, a leading global bioscience company, announced that they have signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture to pioneer the live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) industry and position themselves as the leading contract development and manufacturing partner (CDMO) for biotech and pharma customers. The joint venture brings together best-in-class, complementary capabilities and will be the first CDMO globally to provide a full supply chain that offers manufacturing of bacteria strains for therapeutic use. The joint venture will be a 50/50 controlled legal entity that will operate from its headquarters in Basel (CH) and have production facilities in Denmark and Switzerland. A phased investment of approximately EUR 90 million will be deployed over three years to build cGMP-compliant pharma production capabilities. The joint venture will upgrade existing facilities in Hørsholm (DK) and equip new facilities in Basel (CH) to serve pre-clinical to phase II projects. Further facilities for phase III and commercial manufacturing will be developed as the pipeline matures. The joint venture is expected to be largely self-funding after the production set-up has been established.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Computacenter in the Acquisition of PathWorks

    Computacenter Group, a leading European IT service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquired PathWorks, a well-established hardware reseller in the Swiss market.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Addtech in the Acquisition of a Majority in Omni Ray

    Addtech Group, a leading Swedish publicly listed technology trading group, acquired a majority stake in Omni Ray AG, a well-established Swiss trading company and service provider for automation solutions, mainly focused on industrial applications, infrastructure, transportation and medical industry. By this transaction, Addtech aims at strengthening its position in the European automation market.